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Andrew W.K.

Not just a party animal but a party guerrilla, Andrew W.K. burst onto the scene with a hybrid of metal, pop, and dance that parodied and paid tribute to the cheesiest, sleaziest aspects of all three styles. The California-born, Michigan-bred W.K. -- the initials stand for everything from "White Killer" to "Women Kum" to "Wilkes-Krier," the surnames of his mom and dad -- began classical piano lessons at age four and moved on to playing in Detroit punk and metal bands, including the Pterodactyls. By age 17, W.K. was recording his own material. After moving to New York City a year later, his friends passed his demos on to various labels, including Bulb, who released W.K.'s debut EP, Girls Own Juice, in early 2000 and that fall's Party Til You Puke EP. The buzz around W.K.'s hedonistic, so-dumb-it's-smart rawk resulted in a gig opening for the Foo Fighters as well as deals with Island/Def Jam in the U.S. and Mercury in the U.K.; his first major-label release was 2001's anthemic Party Hard EP. In particular, the U.K. fell in love with W.K.'s ironic trailer-trash look and sound, inspiring critical raves from NME and Kerrang! as well as hysteria at his live shows; he was hospitalized after a fan head-butted him as he crowd-surfed at his London debut at the Highbury Garage. The full-length I Get Wet arrived in late 2001 in the U.K. and in spring 2002 in the U.S., where his "It's Time to Party" was used in a TV commercial for the travel website Andrew W.K. also gigged extensively that spring, both on his own and as part of an MTV 2 package tour. He returned in 2003 with The Wolf, a bigger, lusher album than his debut that earned mixed reviews. The following year, W.K. hosted an advice show on MTV 2, Your Friend, Andrew W.K. He also maintained his busy tour schedule, and released the concert film Who Knows? in early 2006. Andrew W.K.'s third album, Close Calls with Brick Walls, was released in Japan and South Korea that summer, and was issued in the U.S. as a vinyl-only album by Load Records in 2007. That summer, he also appeared as a guest star on Kathy Griffin's television show My Life on the D List. That year, he also produced the Lee "Scratch" Perry album Repentance. Andrew W.K.'s career only became more eclectic as the 2000s drew to a close. In 2008 alone, W.K. founded a Manhattan club, Santo's Party House; performed with the Calder String Quartet; and released One-Shot Game: Covers, a collection of J-pop cover songs, and I Will Change Your Life, an anthology of his advice columns for Japanese music magazine Rockin' On. He also became a member of the group Current 93, contributing bass, piano, guitar, and vocals to their 2009 album, Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain and performing on the band's tour that spring. Around that time, W.K. released Damn! The Mixtape, Vol. 1 and his Cartoon Network live-action demolition show Destroy Build Destroy premiered. He also became a frequent guest on the Fox News show Red Eye and appeared on the VH1 series The Great Debate. In late summer 2009, his album of "spontaneous solo piano improvisations," 55 Cadillac, was released by the Skyscraper Music Maker label, which also planned to give Close Calls with Brick Walls a U.S. release on CD. Around that time, W.K. also released Gundam Rock in Japan, which featured his versions of the music to the classic anime Gundam to commemorate the series' 30th anniversary. Close Calls with Brick Walls finally appeared on CD in wide release in 2010 as a set with Mother of Mankind, a disc of rarities and previously unreleased tracks. The following year, W.K. released a Japan-only EP, Party All Goddamn Night, which featured a mix of new and previously released material; in 2012, he celebrated the 10th anniversary of I Get Wet with a deluxe edition featuring an extra volume of live and unreleased songs. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   Party Hard
  3.   She Is Beautiful
  4.   Tear It Up
  5.   Never Let Down
  6.   I'm a Vagabond
  7.   It's Time to Party
  8.   Ready to Die
  9.   I Get Wet
  10.   Begin the Engine
  11.   Long Live the Party
  12.   TJ's Accident
  13.   We Want Fun
  14.   Double Centered Subtle City Cherry City Center Florida
  15.   A.W.K.
  16.   Background
  17.   Pushing Drugs
  18.   You Will Remember Tonight
  19.   Fun Night
  20.   Party Til You Puke
  21.   The End of Our Lives
  22.   Make Sex
  23.   Young Lord
  24.   5
  25.   Don't Call Me Andy
  26.   Close Calls With Bal Harbour
  27.   This Is My World
  28.   Victory Strikes Again
  29.   Don't Stop Living in the Red
  30.   Got to Do It
  31.   Kicks and Bricks
  32.   Girls Own Love
  33.   TJ's Wild Ride
  34.   We're Not Gunna Get Old
  35.   We Got a Groove
  36.   High Five
  37.   I Came For You
  38.   Into the Clear
  39.   Party Party Party
  40.   PSA
  41.   Seeing the Car
  42.   City Time
  43.   The Ending
  44.   Take It Off
  45.   Doing Andrew W.K.
  46.   I Love the Dead
  47.   Party on Your Grave
  48.   Breaking News On TJ
  49.   Talking To Kathy
  50.   We Party (You Shout)
  51.   The Party God
  52.   Sarah Notto
  53.   Kill Yourself
  54.   Jewel Street Man
  55.   I've Got Know Fear
  56.   Coming Bad
  57.   Big Party
  58.   Night Driver
  59.   Car Nightmare
  60.   Let's Go on a Date
  61.   I Want Your Face
  62.   Can You Dance With Me
  63.   Slam John Against a Brick Wall
  64.   One Brother
  65.   Not Going to Bed
  66.   Las Vegas, Nevada
  67.   I Want to See You Go Wild
  68.   Hand on the Place
  69.   Golden Eyed Dog
  70.   Dr. Dumont
  71.   I Love Music
  72.   Totally Stupid
  73.   Your Rules
  74.   Free Jumps
  75.   I Love NYC
  76.   Who Knows?
  77.   Really in Love
  78.   The Song
  79.   TJ's First Smoke
  80.   Moving Room
  81.   When I'm High
  82.   I Will Find God
  83.   Central Park Cruiser
  84.   Cadillac
  85.   Mark My Grace

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